Now THAT is one loud blinker. Woke the cat up even.
Many animated characters have surprisingly noisy eyes. One can't blink in a cartoon without making all variety of noises.
Most likely, these evolved from depictions of blinking in non-moving Sequential Art
. Rather than devoting whole panels to a character moving their eyelids up and down, the artist would apply an onomatopoeia or an Unsound Effect
to get across the point that the character is blinking. Manga
tended to use "piku", while western comics used "blink blink
Somehow these "sounds" carried over into animation. Anime
characters make sounds like "poit" or something vaguely reminiscent of "piku". Western cartoon characters make a "plunk" or "plink" sound.
These sound effects are usually reserved for intentional blinking, the blinking that indicates confusion or incomprehension. Frequent, involuntary blinking (like the kind you're doing right now) is left silent, because it would be very distracting otherwise. Unless, of course, said involuntary blinking is a twitch
A subtrope of Wacky Sound Effect
. Compare Mickey Mousing
, Lull Destruction
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Anime & Manga
- In Jeff Smith's Bone, the sound of Fone Bone rubbing his eyes is written out as "squinky squinky".
Films — Animation
- Emily's eye makes a squeaking sound in Tim Burton's Corpse Bride — not when she blinks, but when it falls out/gets pushed back in. Rather more justifiable.
Films — Live-Action
- In Undercover Brother. After Mr. Feather chopped through the title character's Afro during a fight, he had a Squeaky Eyes moment while blinking and looking smugly at Undercover Brother.
- Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon does this occasionally, which comes off as rather weird and disconcerting.
- The episode "200" from Stargate SG-1, during a Star Trek: The Original Series parody. Colonel Carter, as a thin analog of Lt. Uhura, has squeaky blinking syndrome.
- Doctor Who : It's incredible how loud the Doctor and Donna's eyes are when they're reunited. Granted, there's a door, a room, and a window between them, so they have to have SOME way to communicate, but STILL...
- In The Lost Mind of Dr. Brain, sometimes Rathbone gets disintegrated except for his eyes, which then blink without eyelids.
- Piston Honda has squeaky eyebrows as an audio cue for one of his attacks.
- Whenever a character blinks in the BIONICLE Flash-videos, their optics make mechanical sounds akin to camera noises.
- Fluid can squirt between folds of the eyelid and produce a sound if they are closed fast and forcibly enough. No-one but you will hear it, though. And you're probably trying right now.